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Start Doing

Written by Payton Lee in The Backpack

We can be our own worst enemies at times. Procrastination from fear of the unknown, from daunting work loads, or from laziness prevent us from DOING. “

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New Eyes

Written by Payton Lee in The Backpack

I have driven by and ridden my bike by this small barn at least 50 times. The other day I just happened to stop biking and pull off the side of the road to get a drink of water. As I looked around at the beautiful scenery of Crested Butte

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Live Today

Written by Hank Martin in The Backpack

That day you have been waiting for, that future happiness you hope to find and have been saving all of todays to reach…live that day today.   I hope this inspirational life quote helps you live your dream today.

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A Pale Blue Dot: A Dose of Inspiration

Written by Hank Martin in The Backpack

Travel makes the world seem so large, but in the grand scheme of things it is nothing more than a pale blue dot. It’s hard to have this perspective when there are so many new and exciting things to see everywhere you go.

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Dove that Ventured Outside

Written by Hank Martin in The Backpack

    Dove that ventured outside,     flying far from the dovecote: housed and protected again,     one with the day, the night, knows what serenity is,     for she has felt her wings pass through all distance and fear     in the course of her wanderings. The doves that remained at home,     never exposed to loss, innocent and secure,     cannot know tenderness; only the won-back heart     can ever be satisfied: free, through all it has given up,     to rejoice in its mastery. Being arches itself     over the vast abyss. Ah the ball that we dared,     that we hurled into infinite space, doesn’t it fill our hands     differently with its return: heavier by the weight     of where it has been.   -Rainer Maria Rilke